Corby’s pitch issues out of our hands, says Wilson

Corby Town joint-manager Andrew Wilson
Corby Town joint-manager Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson insists the problems with the Steel Park pitch are firmly out of his and fellow Corby Town manager Tommy Wright’s hands.

The Steelmen have seen their last two home matches in the Calor League Premier Division called off due to waterlogging in the centre of the pitch.

Joint-manager Wilson has confirmed there is a problem with drainage in that area and he confirmed a camera was being sent into the area today to assess what the problem is.

Corby are due to take on Banbury United in a league clash at Steel Park on Wednesday night while the huge FA Cup first-round encounter with Dover Athletic follows on Saturday.

And Wilson is hoping the short-term plans the club have to try to resolve the problem will work and enable his in-form team to return to action.

“I am not sure what the full state of play is but I know the club are doing all they can to make the pitch better in the short-term,” the Steelmen joint-boss said.

“I believe they are looking at covering the pitch in the short-term to ensure no more rain gets on the surface, whether that is enough to get Wednesday’s game on or not I don’t know.

“It may be the case that a drain under the middle of the pitch is blocked and that is why they are sending a camera down there to have a look.

“Obviously more long-term plans will need to be put in place to get the situation sorted out.

“It is frustrating for us because we just want to play games.

“The weekend’s game against AFC Totton was another opportunity to get some points on the board and we missed out on that.

“All we can do is prepare as if Wednesday’s game is on. We feel like we owe Banbury one for the defeat there a few weeks ago.”

Wilson used Saturday’s postponement as a chance to assess next weekend’s opposition as he watched Dover’s 2-0 defeat at Basingstoke in the Skrill South while Wright put the Corby players through a training session.

“I went down to Basingstoke at the weekend and we have done our homework on Dover,” Wilson added.

“You have to try to take the positives out of the situation we find ourselves in and Tommy used Saturday as a chance to get some fitness into the lads.

“Hopefully that will stand them in good stead for the busy schedule we have ahead.”

Corby, meanwhile, have confirmed David Mallinger has stepped down from the board of directors with immediate effect.

Mallinger joined the board in 2011, after the death of his father and former chairman Peter Mallinger. Along with Graham Starmer he was a major shareholder until Kevin Ingram took control in May 2012.

As with Starmer, Mallinger will now turn his attentions to the new pavilion redevelopment project, which was announced during the summer. He will remain as a director of The Rockingham Triangle Sporting Club – a community interest company which will manage that part of Steel Park operations.